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White Marlin Open Kicks Off


OCEAN CITY, Md.- One of our area's biggest summertime events starts Monday. We're talking about the White Marlin Open, which is the world's largest billfish tournament.

Thousands of people are in Ocean City for the event to watch boats try to win the grand prize of $2.77 million.

Among the spectators is Joe Stanton of Edgewater, Maryland. Stanton comes to the White Marlin Open every year. He makes sure he gets his spot early. That's because he knows he'll be in for a treat.

"The white marlin tournament is the best fishing tournament in the world," said Stanton.

Fans were anxiously waiting to see what everyone brings back to the dock.

"The best thing about it, when they see the boats coming in, and you know they have a fish on the hook," said Stanton. "When they bring it in to weigh, you're just hoping they have to weigh in for the money."

"As they back up, you seem to get a sense that whether or not the fish will be on board," said Josh Wengert of Baltimore. "Everyone is cheering of the participants and what they've managed to catch."

The White Marlin Open is about more than fun and catching fish. A lot of what's brought back into the boats goes straight into the community through the Maryland Food Bank.

"It is such an unbelievable event that the fish that is being donated," said Butch Langenfelder with the Maryland Food Bank. "We started off in the very first year over 4,000 lbs of fresh fish being donated."

And that number has continued to grow, which has been a huge help for the people in need.

"We don't get much high protein items like this," added Langenfelder.

For the fans waiting and the people who will soon get to taste the catching, everyone is excited to see what comes back to the docks.

For more information on the event, or to watch live the live cam, visit their website at www.whitemarlinopen.com


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